Trinidad and Tobago | United Nations General Assembly

AMERY BROWNE, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of Trinidad and Tobago, said that in 60 years of independence, his country has anchored its multilateral commitment to the founding purposes and principles of the United Nations and nurtured them by maintaining a tradition of democratic governance that respects human rights and promotes rule of law. Accordingly, “the people of my country cannot accept any unilateral attempt to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states”, he said, and called on the Russian Federation to immediately abandon its action and resume negotiations with Ukraine. In this light, the collective global experience of the past seven months has laid bare the urgent need to reform the Security Council to reflect current geopolitical realities. Furthermore, he expressed his full support for the mission of the International Criminal Court and its record as an independent tribunal ensuring accountability for growing acts of impunity.

Noting the resurgence of fuel consumption due to the war in Ukraine, off-track climate finance commitments from developed countries, and the increase in immediate and slow-onset natural hazards, he called for the full implementation of the Paris Agreement and a program dedicated to loss and damage under the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Stressing the need for global food security, he said his country had hosted the second CARICOM Agricultural Investment Forum and Expo as part of the region’s commitment to reduce its food import bill by 25% by 2025. Regarding Haiti, he said his country was committed to working with CARICOM to restore peace and stable democratic governance and urged the United Nations system and international donors to strengthen their role and their commitment. Trinidad and Tobago is committed to strengthening cooperation with regional and international partners to combat transnational organized crime, human and illegal firearms trafficking and drug trafficking. Highlighting the important role of women as agents of positive change, he encouraged Member States to co-sponsor and support the country’s biennial resolution on “women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control”, while explaining how, in Trinidad and Tobago, a growing number of stakeholders have joined national efforts to make society safe for women and girls.

Outlining the structural problems of the global economic and financial system, he said that without reform, efforts such as the 2030 Agenda will not produce the necessary results in the countries of the South. Tailor-made measures addressing fundamental financing challenges and special attention to least developed countries and small island developing states are needed, he said, stressing that the multidimensional vulnerability index was a top priority. Furthermore, he reiterated his call for restorative justice for the enslavement of African peoples, the destruction of all nuclear weapons, the lifting of the embargo on Cuba, and a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also highlighted the valuable, beneficial and necessary perspective of small islands on the world and the contributions that Trinidadians and Tobagonians have made to the multilateral system. In this spirit, he declared that his country offered to assume the presidency of the General Assembly during the seventy-eighth session – a decisive role and responsibility which his Government would assume with commitment and impartiality. Finally, he called for building a truly global community where no one is left behind and shared the national motto: “Together we aspire. Together we achieve”.

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